Please find below an example letter to encourage your MP to attend Evidence Week. For a list of briefings please see below the letter.
Address [YOUR POSTAL ADDRESS IS VERY IMPORTANT]
Dear [MP Title and Name]:
As one of your constituents from [ ] and an advocate of asking for evidence, I would be grateful if you’d consider attending/ meeting me at [DELETE AS APPLICABLE] one of the short briefings at Evidence Week 2019, which are being held in the House of Commons Upper Waiting Hall on 25th and 26th June.
Over the two days researchers from over 20 different organisations will be hosting evidence pods, providing 3-minute briefings on different aspects of interrogating evidence, on subjects from drones to the census. In particular, I think [SPECIFIC EVENT(S) FROM THE PROGRAMME] will be of interest to you [MENTION WHY RELEVANT TO YOUR REGION OR THEIR KNOWN POLICY INTEREST].
[ADD DETAILS OF WHEN YOU YOURSELF COULD ATTEND IF YOU ARE ABLE TO]
The full programme is available here: www.senseaboutscience.org/evidenceweek/
Evidence Week is organised by the charity Sense About Science in partnership with the House of Commons Library, POST and the Commons Science and Technology Select Committee.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Evidence Week briefings
Tuesday 25th June 9am – 1pm
University College London – Visualising community inequalities
You can now visualise the complex relationships between communities, the built environment and inequality in our cities. By analysing and representing not only our roads, paths and buildings, but also human activity, social infrastructures and power relationships, this novel technology shows up existing inequality. It also shows the likely effect of policy decisions that help or hinder spatial and social connections.
London School of Economics – How do regions thrive?
Building up local and regional economies, and tackling inequalities at the local level, are pressing concerns. LSE research combines social survey, electoral and economic data sets to build detailed regional profiles and identify specific opportunities to stimulate growth. Data inferences provide a regional lens on how social inequalities are changing and where progress can be made in addressing them.
Wiley and British Psychological Society – Use the research base on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are highly stressful events or situations that directly harm children or adolescents or negatively affect the environment in which they live; from abuse to growing up in a household with separated parents. The Commons SciTech Committee was concerned about the lack of government strategy or effective oversight mechanisms to monitor what evidence local authority approaches are based on. Our pod will provide a 3-minute introduction to the kind of evidence that can be used to develop effective interventions and evaluate them.
National Institute for Health Research – Research evidence to improve young people’s mental health
Many mental health problems start in childhood or adolescence, but very few of these young people have access to evidence-based treatments. Our pod will highlight how NIHR research has led to the development of efficient and effective interventions so that children and young people can get help when they first need it.
Tuesday 25th June 1pm – 5pm
Office for National Statistics – 2021 census
Once every ten years the census provides an opportunity to build a detailed and comprehensive picture of the nation. Our 3 minute briefing will showcase how we will engage with all communities to ensure high response rates to the 2021 Census, and how census data will aid parliamentarians to the benefit of their local communities. ONS will also share details of preparations for the first primarily online census, including the upcoming census rehearsal in October 2019 in Carlisle, Ceredigion, Hackney and Tower Hamlets.
Taylor and Francis – Industry 4.0: research tracking the impact of automation?
Also known as the fourth industrial revolution, Industry 4.0 is the increasing use of automation and digital connectivity – including cloud computing, artificial intelligence and the internet of things. Our pod showcases research evidence on how these are shaping sectors and markets, and their future trajectory.
Durham University – Pupil Premium for disadvantaged pupils: how to work out its effect
While new international evidence shows that the attainment gap at school is increasing worldwide, what reliable evidence can politicians use to judge the effect of Pupil Premium funding in England? It is difficult, and some commentators are querying its usefulness. Our 3-minute briefing is on using definitions and measures of disadvantage that are comparable before and after 2011, and which can demonstrate the impact of Pupil Premium on the attainment gap and on the extent to which poorer pupils are clustered in specific schools.
Centre for Homelessness Impact – The path to ending homelessness shown in research evidence
Everyone wants to end homelessness for good. Come for a 3 minute evidence briefing about how best to achieve this. Take a tour through the interactive tools to find out what we do know about what works and why, and where the gaps are. They show how this evidence can develop to support steps towards a society in which any experience of homelessness is rare, brief and non-recurrent.
Ipsos MORI – What MPs are concerned about
View the results from Ipsos MORI’s biannual survey of MPs, on the most pressing issues facing their constituency and the nation, as well as a topic analysis of MPs’ postbags.
Wednesday 26th 9am – 1pm
Nottingham University – Understand the psychology of road users
When driving, we make life-or-death decisions in an instant. Understanding how the human brain takes in, stores and responds to information in these circumstances is essential to successful road safety policy. Research exploring the links between sight and memory reveals the psychological processes underlying many traffic fatalities. Peter Chapman’s interactive display will show you how policy can take account of these to reduce deaths on our roads – and give you insight into your own driving habits too.
Biochemical society – The virtual human: a case study in collaborative data
Bridging human biology, chemistry, physics and computer science, the Virtual Human uses digital evidence – from the letters in your genetic code to medical imaging of your heart – which could lead to real improvements in healthcare. The Virtual Human exemplifies the power of using data on multiple scales, from multiple sources in collaborative projects between research teams in the UK and internationally.
The Society for Applied Microbiology – Research and regulation to stop food poisoning
How do research scientists react to outbreaks of food poisoning? This evidence pod will share insights on how the UK uses evidence to inform food safety decisions and what can go wrong. It will show you the impact regulators have on industry standards and how we calculate that a reduction in Campylobacter contamination in chicken can lead to 150,000 fewer cases of illness and a saving of £110m each year.
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) – Antimicrobial resistance: how we are working to prevent the virtual loss of worldwide modern medicine
The research and policy challenges of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) are daunting. The UK Research and Innovation AMR evidence pod will provide a simple entry into this crucial and complicated issue, with insight into cutting-edge AMR innovation and the ways that scientific research is supporting public policy.
Wednesday 26th 1pm – 5pm
Southampton University – Drones and the research you’ll need to use
Is society ready for pervasive use of drones… and their noise? Drones could be flying in urban locations within a few years. This evidence pod will give you a 3 minute briefing combining current knowledge about drone noise, public reaction, design challenges and operational realities. It will chart the research route towards effective control, economic benefit and the looming political problem if the ground rules are not speedily set.
Southampton University – Electric vehicles: see why AI is necessary
While promising to cut pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, the uptake of electric vehicles will create an unprecedented load on the UK electricity infrastructure. At our evidence pod, you will learn what artificial intelligence can do – to manage vehicle charging in a smart way within existing infrastructure, and to turn electric vehicles into smart batteries (vehicle-to-grid). Within 3 minutes you’ll see the policy challenges that need to be overcome to realise a smart grid.
Manchester University – Britain breathing
Get familiar with a new state of the art approach using ‘citizen sensors’ to gather real-time local data on asthma and allergies and how environmental factors such as pollutants may or may not be playing their part. With these new data you will be able to compare your constituency with others.
Manchester University – Climate change targets for your local area
Do you know about science based, Paris Agreement aligned climate change targets for your local area? Researchers at Tyndall Manchester have developed an interactive tool to help local areas set their own climate change targets based on the latest research.